Lift BI Town Council’s restrictions on businesses & Just follow RI Guidelines

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Lift BI Town Council’s restrictions on businesses & Just follow RI Guidelines

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Cariona Davis started this petition to The New Shoreham Town Council

The global COVID-19 Pandemic is sweeping the world. It is imperative that Block Island, and all state of RI residents adjust daily lives to limit the spread of COVID-19. Safety protocols, including but not limited to hand washing, group limitations, and face covering requirements in place in order to do this. The federal and state governments have placed many restrictions on movement and commerce in order to ensure safety of all residents.

The Town of New Shoreham Town Council has enacted a number of additional ordinances restricting and limiting the economy on Block Island. The reasoning behind this is the limited medical resources. Block Island has always had limited medical resources, does not keep any patients on- site, all major emergencies are sent to major hospitals in mainland RI. The BI medical center is not equipped to handle a normal day in July, let alone a global pandemic, and should not be expected to. 

The ordinances enacted severely limit the ability for individuals and businesses to have any income. The town has stopped real estate transactions by limiting necessary personnel to the island, stopped property rentals, suspended rooming house licenses, suspended work permits except on a pick and choose basis~ if you can prove you are an "islander", with no specific definition of such. They have not allowed restaurants to open, and more. The town has not offered any utility deferral, grants or loans as all state and federal limitations have done when shutting down the economy. 

Sign this petition for New Shoreham Town council to follow the STATE OF RHODE ISLAND restrictions and timeframe, not enforce additional without offering the same state and federal assistance in forms of grants, loans and utility deferral programs. 

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